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    My Favorite Plant Tips #HomeWithJoy

    I love being a plant parent. My plant babies not only contribute to the decor, but they make me happy. You can never have enough happiness right? I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to my *mostly* green thumb. 

    Anyway, since sharing IS caring, I’m here to share my favorite plant tips with you. Ready? Here we go!

    Start slow

    I can’t stress this enough. Start slow. Get a plant that’s impossible to kill, like a Dracaena trifasciata or a pothos.


    Seriously the easiest (and cheapest) way to add more plants to your collection is to propagate them. I do this with my pothos and plants. I take a cutting, place it in a shot glass, and wait for the roots to develop. Once the roots develop, I transfer the cutting to another vessel so it can spread out.

    Grow in water solely

    Here’s a funny story. Last year, I purchased a Tradescantia zebrina that I planted in a pot. I couldn’t keep that plant alive despite moving it around my house to capture the best light. Before the whole plant died, I took a cutting to propagate hoping I could hold onto the plant. Well, that cutting developed roots quickly. That’s when the light bulb went off.

    Leave it in water.

    That plant has grown so much by leaving it in water. I now have another Tradescantia zebrina that I placed in water after I purchased it and several pothos plants. To find out which plants thrive in water, check Pinterest and Google.

    Reuse glass bottles

    I love using clear glass bottles for the plants I keep in water. I love seeing their roots forming at the bottom.  Make sure you switch out the water as needed. 

    Be mindful of the light

    Sunlight changes based on the season. It’s normal to have to move your plants during the cooler months to capture light. 

    Dust Them Off

    Dust those leaves off so the light can get to them. 

    Water Accordingly

    Google is your friend + watering schedules change as the seasons change. Li

    Get Chatty Cathy

    Plants are living things. Talk to them. 

    And finally, a tip I will forever swear by:

    If it’s thriving, LEAVE IT ALONE! 

    I hope you find these tips useful. Are there any plant tips you want to share? I’d love to hear about them.

    Until next time,





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    Preparing My Home for Fall/Winter #HomeWithJoy

    The Recovering Pessimist | Preparing My Home for Fall/Winter | www.therecoveringpessimist.me | #HomeWithJoy #HomeDepot #Lowes #Target #Homeowner #Homeownership #AtJoysHouse #HomeWithJoyFaves #WelcomeHome #homedecor #HomeMaintenance #Pinterest

    This summer has been one for the books. With the evenings getting cooler, I’m starting to prepare myself and my home for the cold months ahead. I wasn’t too prepared last year and felt bleh.

    Lesson learned.

    I started thinking about what I want my home to look and feel like during the cooler months in July. I knew I wanted it to feel cozy all around. To get that coziness, I realized that I needed to enhance the senses.

    How do I enhance the senses?

    I’m a big fan of the “small change yields big results” mentality. Here are a few things I’ve done + plan to do:

    • I purchased these Philips color-changing Wi-fi light bulbs.
      • I brought these bulbs to add some color to my home. The Wiz app that operates these bulbs has a Schedules feature where I can put the bulbs on an alarm to wake me up with the bulb color of my choice. Much more gentle than waking up in darkness.
    • Add more texture.
      • I want to buy some faux sheepskin rugs like this one from IKEA.
      • I want to get some slipcovers for my sofa and loveseat in a velvet or velvet-like texture.
    • Bring nature inside.
      • I’ve been purchasing houseplants throughout the spring and summer. My favorite places to buy houseplants are Lowe’s, Home Depot, local greenhouses, and nurseries.
    • Smell goods
      • I’ve accumulated quite the stockpile of smell goods. As of this post I have fabric sprays, room sprays, oil plugins, and candles. I can’t wait to amp up the cozy factor.

    Do you prepare your home for the colder months? If yes, what do you do to get ready? I’d love to know.

    Until next time,


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